Panthers top field in final NPC meet
Park Rapids closed out the Northern Pines Conference golf season by sweeping titles at Castle Highlands Tuesday.
Bjorn Jorgenson tied for third place with a 40 while 41s by Tate Usher and Jackson Leckner and a 43 by Luke Kosel gave Park Rapids a winning four-golfer score of 165 in the boys meet. Cody Dravis and Jacob Bittmann added 44s. Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Laporte was second with a 167.
United North Central finished third with a 168 as Luke Wurdock claimed medalist honors with a 38. A pair of 43s by Mason Hotakainen and Mikko Johnson and a 44 by Vaughn Massie completed the Warriors' team score.
Nevis finished sixth with a 211 behind Dylen Spain-Brist's 46, Cooper Henry's 51, Jack Johnson's 54 and Tom Aman's 60.
The Panthers dominated the girls meet as Drew Hilmanowski earned medalist honors with a 40, Olivia Wallace was the runner-up with a 42 and Chloe Johnson took third with a 45 for a three-player team score of 127. WHAL was second with a 153.
United North Central took fourth with a 157 with a pair of 52s by Hailey Usher and Madi Womble and a 53 by Anna Huttunen leading the way.
Nevis finished fifth with a 172 behind Maddie Mitchell's 52, Kaylee Halik's 59 and Kaitlin VanLith's 61.
Boys team scores: Park Rapids 165, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Laporte 167, United North Central 168, Red Lake 184, Deer River 187, Nevis 211, Blackduck 226, Bigfork 227, Cass Lake incomplete.
Medalist: Luke Wurdock, UNC, 38. 2, Coltin Mitchel, CL, 39. 3 (tie), Bjorn Jorgenson, PR, Noah Williams, DR, and Trevor Johnson, WHAL, 40. Other scores: Tate Usher, PR, 41; Jackson Leckner, PR, 41; Luke Kosel, PR, 43; Mason Hotakainen, UNC, 43; Mikko Johnson, UNC, 43; Cody Dravis, PR, 44; Jacob Bittmann, PR, 44; Vaughn Massie, UNC, 44; James Hillukka, UNC, 46; Dylen Spain-Brist, N, 46; Cooper Henry, N, 51; Jack Johnson, N, 54; Anthony Wurdock, UNC, 56; Tom Aman, N, 60; Hunter Wright, N, 68.
Girls team scores: Park Rapids 127, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Laporte 153, Bigfork 154, United North Central 157, Nevis 172, Cass Lake 186. Incomplete teams: Deer River, Red Lake.
Medalist: Drew Hilmanowski, PR, 40. 2, Olivia Wallace, PR, 42. 3, Chloe Johnson, PR, 45. Other scores: Sabela Valverde-Andrade, PR, 47; Madison Johnson, PR, 52; Hailey Usher, UNC, 52; Madi Womble, UNC, 52; Maddie Mitchell, N, 52; Olivia McDonald, PR, 53; Anna Huttunen, UNC, 53; Toni Noland, UNC, 57; Elly Hillukka, UNC, 59; Kaylee Halik, N, 59; Katilin VanLith, N, 61.